Welcome to our
Spirited Learning Community St Clare’s College is an inclusive, caring, Catholic community where learning is valued and students are given opportunities to grow in all dimensions of their life. We are guided by the life and teachings of Jesus and inspired by the example of St Clare (1194-1253) in providing a safe and empowering environment for students. We aim to work closely with parents to enable our students to reach their full potential.
The College has experienced staff and resources to support your daughter in a wide range of academic and extra-curricular programs that are offered. The College facilities are ever growing with a recently constructed Trade Training Centre, Cafeteria, areas for Performing and Visual Arts, extensive access to Information and Communication Technologies, a large Learning Commons and Library and well maintained grounds. In order to cater for the needs of all students, the College offers a broad academic program. In Years 7 and 8 the Foundation Studies Program enables all students to experience a wide range of courses to provide a sound basis for making future academic decisions. In Years 9 and 10 students have the opportunity to begin specialising in areas of interest and by Years 11 and 12 they are able to choose individual academic programs and vocational courses that will provide the most appropriate pathway beyond school. Some of our other nationally recognised courses include Hospitality, Fashion, Business, Children’s Services and Information Technology. There are many opportunities for students to participate in extra-curricular activities that complement the academic program including debating, drama, dance, chorale, music, a wide range of sports and leadership development programs. Student leadership has a high profile in the College through the Student Representative Council and the strong House system. The Pastoral Care Program promotes the spiritual and social development of students as well as supporting their learning needs. St Clare’s College is a vibrant learning community where students can develop their knowledge, skills, confidence and faith. I encourage you to visit St Clare’s to see first-hand a wonderful school environment. You will be most welcome.
Brad Cooney Principal
History The College opened in 1965 with eight religious teaching staff comprising two representatives from each of the following congregations - Sisters of the Good Samaritan, Presentation Sisters, Franciscan Missionaries of Mary and Sisters of the Society of Jesus, Mary and Joseph. When the College opened there were 183 students. In 1980 the name of the school was changed officially from Catholic Girls’ High School Griffith to St Clare’s College. The school was named after two significant women: Saint Clare of Assisi, who was considered to represent an ideal of womanhood and Sister Clare Slattery, the founding Principal of the College. St Clare’s College has a fine reputation in the Canberra region and continues to have a high profile in the community in academic and sporting pursuits, in the creative arts, supporting charitable causes and volunteering.
Our Mission St Clare’s College is a Spirited Learning Community.
St Clare’s is Spirited: »»
Based on the Gospel
Enlivened by the Spirit
Open to life, change and challenge
Valuing consultative, cooperative processes
Preparing students to take an active role in the community
Enthusiastic, hopeful and empowering
Committed to justice.
The Learning Program at St Clare’s: »»
Promotes high achievement
Is open to new educational developments
Values the uniqueness of each individual
Strives for the spiritual, physical, emotional intellectual and aesthetic development of all students.
St Clare’s is a Catholic Community: »»
Of students, parents, staff and teachers
Which affirms, nurtures and empowers all members
Committed to love, peace, joy and hope
Building the Kingdom of God
Developing young women to reach their potential
Open to the poor.
Pastoral Care is the dimension which brings the College Mission to life. The pastoral dimension integrates the academic, social, personal and religious spheres of the College. It ensures that St Clare’s will be experienced by all, not merely as an institution but as a Christian community where every member is valued equally and is given a genuine experience of belonging. Each student in the College belongs to a Pastoral Care Class under the guidance of a Pastoral Leader. There are eight pastoral classes in each year group which corresponds to the eight College Houses. The activities of each year group are overseen by a Year Coordinator. Students are also supported by either the Teaching and Learning Coordinator (Years 7 to 12).
Positive Behaviour St Clare’s seeks to: »»
create an environment where students and teachers work in harmony, respecting the right to teach and learn (respect, courtesy, tolerance, team work, trust and honesty)
promote the development of responsible choices and consequences of these choices (self-discipline, self-control, self-responsibility)
implement a consistent approach for all members of the school community (dignity, worth, fairness and justice)
create a climate of mediation, based upon restorative practices within which students, teachers and parents can work
assist students in solving their problems in a creative, supportive and non-threatening manner (self-esteem and self-respect)
establish a learning environment and school climate that meets needs common to us all: --
love and belonging
empowerment and recognition
freedom and choice
fun and learning.
Students new to St Clare’s quickly feel the unique spirit that envelops our school community. This sense of belonging translates into pride in themselves and pride in being a St Clare’s girl.
This means that students genuinely enjoy not only their own success, but the success of their peers. This atmosphere of mutual respect between staff and students underpins what we stand for at St Clare’s College. The strong House system that exists within the College allows students to establish a sense of identity and of belonging not only in their own year group but also with students from other years. Each House is guided by a particular teaching of St Clare and has a motto that reflects the key values found in that teaching.
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There are many opportunities for students as individuals or as part of a team to show their House Spirit by participating in College charity events, social awareness campaigns and the Swimming and Athletics Carnival.
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College Leadership At St Clareâ€™s we have an excellent reputation for preparing, promoting, developing and nurturing student leaders. Fair and just elections, leadership camps, leadership reflection days, mixed school leadership programs, and leadership seminars all form valid and valuable ways of preparing our students for the challenges, responsibilities and joys of leadership. Student leadership is underpinned by the model of Jesus as servant, as messenger and protector of the weak. All Pastoral Care Classes have a Pastoral Care Captain (PCC). Years 7-10 elect one student to be the Pastoral Care Captain for the term or semester. The Captain represents their class and assists the Pastoral Care Leader and the Year Coordinator. They are also the supporting peers of the Student Representative Council (SRC). SRC membership includes two representatives from each year group, the College Leadership Team, as well as a student representative from the College St Vincent de Paul Group and the Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) Committee. The SRC has a formal membership of 19 students and a teacher affiliate. The Senior Student Leadership Team comprises the six College Leader positions (College Captain, Arts and Culture, Faith and Community, Social Justice, Sustainability and Sport) and the sixteen House Captain positions.
St Clareâ€™s College prides itself in developing and delivering an excellent curriculum catering for the learning needs of a wide range of students. Students are encouraged to become active learners and take increased responsibility for their own learning. The formal curriculum delivery is complemented by a diverse range of opportunities, allowing students to experience learning in a variety of settings through excursions, guest speakers, use of ICT, participation in competitions and collaborative research opportunities. Integral to the College is the importance placed on learning, and a focus on each and every student working to achieve to the very best of her ability.
Years 7 and 8 The Foundation Program in Years 7 and 8 provides students with a rich and rewarding curriculum to begin their secondary school journey. Students study the core subjects: Religious Education, English, Mathematics, Science, Studies of Society and Environment (SOSE), Languages, Physical Education and Health. Complementing these studies, all students have the opportunity to experience various elective subjects contained within the Arts (Dance, Drama, Music and Visual Arts) and Technologies (Information Technology, Design Technology, Food Technology and Textile Technology). In Years 7 and 8 students will investigate Civics and Citizenship in Australia. They will have the opportunity to explore the political and legal systems, question what is citizenship, and endeavour to understand aspects of diversity and identity in 21st century society. Studying Economics and Business throughout Years 7 and 8 will provide a learning environment for all students to appreciate and make informed decisions about the impact of various economic systems on society. At the conclusion of the Foundation Program, students have been exposed to an exciting, enriching and stimulating curriculum providing each student with the opportunity to make considered choices for Year 9.
Year 9 In Year 9 students are able to study a curriculum that provides greater development in both core and elective areas of study. Students have the opportunity to broaden their skills and knowledge in each area of study while developing collaborative and critical thinking techniques. Religious Education, English, Mathematics, Science, History, and Physical Education and Health form the core subjects that are studied in each semester. Year 9 studies brings the excitement and anticipation of electing subjects. Students have the opportunity to select six subjects from the vast array of elective areas. Of these six subjects, a minimum of one semester must be studied from The Arts: Dance, Drama, Media, Music and Visual Arts and one semester from Technologies: Food Technology, Textile Technology, Design Technology and Information Technology . Other elective subjects include: French, Italian, Japanese, Geography, Civics and Citizenship, and Economics and Business.
Year 10 Delving deeper with their academic studies, students in Year 10 continue with a challenging program consisting of core and elective subjects. The selection of elective studies does not, in Year 10, require students to complete a semester of study from specific areas. At this stage in their academic development students will be able to partake in a wide curriculum to enhance their areas of interest, challenge their abilities and better inform their future choices. Year 10 is a critical academic midpoint in a student’s academic experience at St Clare’s College.
Years 11 and 12 In Years 11 and 12 students continue on their academic pathway to optimise their skills for participation in an ever increasing complex and dynamic world beyond St Clare’s College. All students study Religious Studies and English and many students undertake one of the five different courses available in Mathematics. The array of subjects available to students offers diverse learning opportunities in a supportive environment that embraces critical thinking, growth mindset and visible learning principles. The majority of courses throughout the senior years can be studied at a Tertiary (T) or Accredited (A) level with some courses on offer as Vocational (V), which provide students the opportunity to gain nationally recognised qualifications. Throughout these two years students generally study five or six courses each semester. The attainment of the ACT Senior Secondary Certificate is justifiable reward for a commitment to learning and recognises the growth students have experienced during this vital developmental period. The curriculum at St Clare’s College provides students with a dynamic enriching pathway upon which a Catholic holistic education experience can be realised.
Years 7 and 8 Courses Core Subjects
Semester Based Subjects
The Arts - Dance
The Arts - Drama
The Arts - Music
The Arts - Visual Arts
Languages - French, Italian or Japanese
Technology - Design
Physical Education and Health
Technology - Food Technology - Information Technology - Textiles SOSE - Geography, Civics and Citizenship
Note: ICT is integrated across the curriculum.
SOSE - History, Economics and Business
Years 9 and 10 Courses Electives
In Years 9 and 10 students can pick year long or semester based electives. In Year 9, this must include one from The Arts and one from Technology.
Year Long Electives
Year Long or Semester Based Electives
SOSE - Civics and Citizenship
SOSE - Economics and Business
SOSE - Geography
The Arts - Dance
Physical Education and Health
The Arts - Drama
SOSE - History
The Arts - Media The Arts - Music The Arts - Photography The Arts - Visual Arts Technology - Food Technology - Graphic Design Technology - Information Technology - Textile Help Yourself The Seeker Program
Core Subjects: Subjects studied throughout the duration of each year. Semester Based Subjects: Subjects studied for one semester each during the course of the two years. Year Long Electives: Subjects studied throughout the duration of the year. These subjects are sequential.
Minimum selection of 5 courses plus Religious Studies There are also a wide range of Registered Units available which students may have accredited as part of their ACT Senior Secondary Certificate.
Italian Continuing and Advanced
Japanese Continuing and Advanced
Languages French Continuing and Advanced
Mathematics Contemporary Mathematics Mathematical Methods
Physical Education and Health Exercise Science
Earth and Environmental Science
Religious Studies Active Volunteering
T, A, M Business Administration
A, V, M Economics
T, A, M History
T, A, M Legal Studies
T, A, M Social and Community Work A, M, V Sociology
T T, A, M T, A, M
Technology Design Technology Information Technology
T, A, M Graphic Design T, A, M, V
T, A, M Hospitality
T, A, M, V
T, A, M, V
The Arts Dance
T, A, M Drama
T, A, M Media
T, A, M
T, A, M Photography
T, A, M Visual Arts
T, A, M
T A V C M
Tertiary study level Accredited study level Vocational Study level Accredited Vocational study level Modified study level
Vocational Education St Clare’s College is a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) accredited to deliver nationally recognised Vocational Education Courses.
The following Vocational Education (or V) Courses are offered: »»
Certificate I in Active Volunteering
Certificate II in Active Volunteering
Certificate II in Applied Fashion Design and Technology
Certificate II in Community Services
Certificate I in Hospitality
Certificate II in Hospitality
Certificate II in Kitchen Operations
Cerfificate I in Information, Digital Media and Technology
Certificate II in Information, Digital Media and Technology
From their study of these courses students can achieve a nationally recognised qualification. Our Hospitality courses are delivered in an industry standard Trade Training Centre.
Australian School Based Apprenticeship (ASBA) Students at St Clare’s College are able to undertake an Australian School Based Apprenticeship (ASBA) as part of their senior studies. This usually involves completing components of on-the job training combined with off-the-job training. Opportunities are available in a wide variety of fields including Business Administration, Hairdressing, General Construction, Animal Services and Retail. Further information in relation to ASBAs can be obtained by contacting the VET Coordinator.
Inclusive Education Faculty
St Clare’s College upholds the belief that all students, irrespective of differing abilities, should have the opportunity to be educated with their peers, accepting each other as persons with gifts that will enrich the whole community. The Inclusive Education Faculty promotes inclusive practices that strive for the spiritual, physical, emotional and intellectual development of all students. Students with special needs or gifts and talents are supported and extended in mainstream classrooms. The support and extension provided to students with additional needs may consist of one or more of the following: »»
individual education programs
collaborative teaching and learning strategies
access to specialist computer technology.
The Inclusive Education Faculty offers specialised units and courses that are designed to help students develop more effective learning, social and organisational skills. Students with learning difficulties or students who are experiencing difficulties with their studies are encouraged to access homework assistance in the Inclusive Education Faculty room at lunchtimes. The Inclusive Education Faculty also runs a cross-age tutoring program for students requiring extra tuition.
College Services Counsellors As part of the pastoral support offered to students and families, St Clare’s has access to a counselling service provided by CatholicCare. The role of the counsellor is to focus on the emotional, social and educational well-being of students and to provide support to families.
Learning Commons The Learning Commons is a welcoming space that has been designed to provide students with opportunities for active learning. The teaching spaces allow class groups ready access to the College’s Library resources. Senior students on study lines are catered for with access to ICT and other resources within the Learning Commons. This includes print materials, videos and DVDs, computer facilities, scanners, printers and a photocopier. Students have 24 hour access to the College digital and ebook collection databases. The Learning Commons is open between 8.00am and 4.30pm, allowing students access to information resources and to support students with homework and assessment.
Careers Careers advice is available to all students. Services provided by the Careers Adviser include giving individual information on a range of career-related issues, assistance and advice with job search techniques, and arranging workshop activities, excursions and information sessions on career related topics.
Parent Involvement The College has an advisory Board on which there are parent as well as staff members. Parents are welcome to raise matters through the College Board Chair or they can contact the Principal directly. As a parent of St Clare’s you have the opportunity to be involved in College life by become a member of the College Board or one of the Board sub-committees and/or assisting with weekend sporting events and extra curricular activities.
Reconciliation at St Clare’s College In 2008 St Clare’s joined many other schools and organisations in an initiative, introduced by Reconciliation Australia, to work towards bridging the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians. The College has an Aboriginal Contact Teacher. The College focusses on Indigenous culture in the classroom and celebrates significant dates including Sorry Day, Reconciliation and NAIDOC Weeks.
Transport St Clare’s College is serviced by ACTION, Qcity Transit and Transborder buses morning and afternoon during school term. Timetables for ACTION services are available from the ACTION website www.action.act.gov.au.
Information Communication Technology (ICT) In addition to the ICT facilities in the Learning Commons, the College has a number of computer labs which are located close to subject areas throughout the College. These labs are used by classes from all faculties as part of general teaching and learning experiences. All students have their own email account as well as access to a wide range of electronic resources within and outside the College. The College introduced a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) program in 2016 allowing students the freedom to select a personal computing device that suits their learning needs. Students can have up to two devices connected to the College wireless network. Current specifications for hardware are available from the College website. Students can subscribe to Office 365 at no cost through the College’s Microsoft licensing scheme. Students also have access to all web-based applications and to email and data stored on the College servers. Prior to 2016, students in Years 9 to 12 were issued with a College-supplied laptop. This program was initially funded through the Government’s Digital Education Revolution program. This funding ceased some time ago, and our existing program of supplying College laptops is being phased out and will end with Year 12 in 2018. The College has a number of laptops available for loan, on a needs basis, for families who may have difficulty providing their own device. The College’s ICT scope and sequence allows students to develop their information and communication technologies skills throughout Years 7 to 12. The scope and sequence focuses on the key areas of Digital Technologies processes and production skills, knowledge and understanding.
Extra Curricula Performing Arts The College strongly encourages participation in the Performing Arts and offers many opportunities in this area such as musicals, participation in the St Clare’s Chorale and Chamber Ensemble, and combined bands with St Edmund’s College. The College also has an excellent reputation in drama. School drama productions range from Shakespeare to contemporary works.
Excursions Meaningful and appropriate excursions are organised for students. They are often subject specific and the purpose is to provide an experience to enhance their learning not available in the normal classroom environment.
Debating St Clare’s students debate in a competition organised by the ACT Debating Society. Teams compete in the Junior Competition (Years 7 & 8), the Senior Competition (Years 9 & 10) and the Open Competition (Years 11 & 12). Students are also encouraged to enter public speaking competitions such as Voice of Youth.
SWITCH SWITCH is the St Clare's Women in Information Technology and Communication Hub. SWITCH is for students interested in competing in IT competitions, learning skills in Information Technology and participating in activities with the community.
STEM Club The Science Faculty runs a STEM Club at the College. The staff undertake a variety of experiences for students, including hands on experiments and teacher demonstrations. The club also participates in various competitions throughout the year.
St Clare's has a great history of achievement in sport at state and national levels. All teams are coached and managed by committed and appropriately qualified staff members.
St Clare’s competes against other Associated Southern College schools in the traditional events of athletics, cross country and swimming as well as in netball, basketball and hockey. Sports such as Australian football, oztag, soccer, softball, touch football, and volleyball compete in the South Canberra Zone championships which may lead to ACT Championships qualification for our teams against North Canberra schools. School teams in badminton, rock climbing, rugby, tennis and water polo compete in community based events or gala days. St Clare’s offers seasonal long weekend programs in netball as part of the South Canberra Netball Association at Deakin. The College also has extensive programs in snow sports in Terms 2 and 3 and volleyball which runs all year round. St Clare’s also holds annual carnivals in athletics and swimming, highlighted by each of the eight houses adopting a theme for each event. These events see very high participation rates and great inter-house rivalry.
Camps and Retreats St Clare’s College is a Catholic school and as such has a long tradition of taking our students on retreat in order to deepen their relationship with God, and each other.
Year 7 Camp The Year 7 Camp is part of the orientation program for Year 7 students at St Clare’s College. The venue and activities are designed as a vehicle for the development of each student, the development of a year level community and the opportunity for students to get to know their teachers and teachers, their students. The aim of the camp is for students to gain confidence and skills as well as to promote the development of new relationships, teamwork and leadership qualities.
Year 9 Camp Year 9 Camp is designed to complement the development of maturing communication skills by giving the students an opportunity to engage in immersion learning. The Camp aims to build students’ resilience by creating and conquering personal challenges. Students bond through recognising, accepting and working with others’ strengths and weaknesses via team building activities and develop empathy for each other. They learn to communicate effectively with their peers through debriefing and reflection activities.
Retreat Days - Years 7 to 11 Each year group is withdrawn from their standard schooling environment to participate in a Catholic Retreat Day with the rest of their year group once a year. The theme of each individual retreat is linked closely to our school liturgical theme and the content reflects spiritual and personal development suitable for students within each age bracket. Our Mission and Ministry Coordinator plans and organises the day but also utilises our Youth Ministry Team and studentsâ€™ Pastoral Care Leaders to facilitate the activities involved. These days are an important component of the spiritual formation of our students and are designed to ensure that all members of our community are able to be actively involved in developing a genuine understanding of what it means to be part of a Catholic community.
Year 12 Retreat At St Clareâ€™s College, we see the Year 12 Retreat as an integral part of the educational journey as it makes a significant contribution to the religious and personal development of the students. The aim in planning and facilitating the retreat is to allow students valuable time and space to reflect, pray and celebrate, and above all, the opportunity to reassess and evaluate their lives and goals at this crucial time. The focus is on preparing for the transition from school to the wider world and the developing relationship of each student with God.
St Clareâ€™s College ABN: 34 447 289 629
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